Recently installed Moraine Valley Community College president Sylvia M. Jenkins speaks to the more than 900 faculty, staff and guests at the school’s first inauguration. | Supplied Photo
Updated: February 7, 2013 6:01AM
Sylvia M. Jenkins recently was installed as Moraine Valley Community College’s fifth president during the school’s first inauguration.
“I accept this honor with great humility and gratitude,” said Jenkins, who began her duties on July 2.
“I am humbled because the board of trustees has entrusted me to lead the faculty and staff as we continue and expand the exemplary work of serving our students, serving the residents of the 26 communities that make up Moraine Valley’s district, and serving one another, to assure that we fulfill the mission of our college.”
The outdoor ceremony held on the campus commons included a processional of faculty and staff garbed in their official regalia; student leaders carrying degree and certificate banners; veteran students dressed in their military uniforms carrying the flag of their branch of the service; and the South Suburban Chiefs of Police Association Honor Guard posting the colors.
President Emeritus Vernon O. Crawley gave the keynote address and reviewed the mission of the community college and the challenges that confront all community colleges.
Jenkins said she often has been asked what she hopes her legacy will be.
“My response was to be able to say more students successfully completed their goals,” Jenkins said. “I want to be able to say that every person in our district, regardless of income level, educational preparation, or family background, felt good about coming to Moraine Valley and achieved their goals.”
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